Stormy weekend can’t halt geofest
Despite the best efforts of storm Callum, the third annual Arran geology festival recently went ahead as planned.
On the Saturday night, Corrie Village Hall was full and heard Dr Simon Cuthbert’s talk on ‘Arran’s journey through deep time’. In just over an hour, Simon gave a highly entertaining and educational account of Arran’s 600-million-year geological history.
The audience included many who, earlier in the day, had braved heavy rain to enjoy one of the geology walks. Highlights included seeing the Arthropleura footprints, Arran’s only volcano, and the illusive Hutton’s Unconformity.
Earlier, the geofest had opened at the Heritage Museum with an enjoyable introduction to Arran’s geology from the island’s own Stuart Blake, and it finished on Sunday with improved weather and most of the walks taking place in the relatively dry conditions.
Some ventured into Glen Rosa, and others visited three fulgurites (fossilised lightning strikes) and a newly discovered metre-long fossil on Corrie beach.
Overall, the festival was a great success and, when Arran Geopark opens next April, there will be many more events over the year.
Enjoying the sun and a geology walk on Corrie shore.
Dr Simon Cuthbert speaking in Corrie Hall.